Fujifilm has announced the new X-A1 compact system camera today. The camera will be the fourth one with interchangeable lens to be a part of the X-Series of the company. With the X-A1, Fujifilm hopes to provide an affordable entry point into the X-Series camera.
The mirrorless camera comes with a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. The X-A1 kit itself will come with the Fujincon XC16-50mm (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens too. The lens will be quite an asset to shoot especially in low-light scenes and consists of 12 all glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. The lens features seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 17 stops in 1/3 EV increments for precise aperture control.
Good features at entry-level price point
The camera itself will use the powerful EXR Processor II that can capture images that using its extended ISO range of up to 25600. With the X-A1, users can set the sensor sensitivity from ISO200 to as high as ISO6400 in 1/3 step increments, to obtain clear images even when shooting indoors and at night. The X-A1 also has a start-up time of 0.5 seconds and a shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6fps.
The X-A1 is a light-weight camera and features a 3-inch tilting high resolution LCD screen with 920,000 dots for easy image viewing and framing at various angles. The monitor tilts at variable vertical angles, facilitating both low-angle and high-angle shots whether on or off a tripod. The X-A1 uses a built-in high precision flash and Super Intelligent Flash technology that uses scene recognition and automatically controls flash strength to reduce highlight clipping.
Of course, the camera comes with a Wi-Fi button to facilitate the transfer of images and videos to social networking websites. One can also use the Fujifilm Camera application on iOS and Android to help transfer up to 30 images at a time from the X-A1.
The Fujifilm X-A1 and XC16-50mm (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS lens kit will be available in September 2013 for $599.95 (Rs 38,088 approx.) in US. It will be available in black and indigo blue colours. The Fujincon XC50-230mm (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS lens will be available in November 2013 for $399.95 (Rs 25,392 approx.). There’s no word on international availability yet.